VISIONARIES, ENTREPRENEURS
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HARPER REED

Harper Reed is an hacker/engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same.

CHANCE THE RAPPER

Chancelor Bennett, better known by his stage name Chance The Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from Chicago, Illinois.

TAVI GEVINSON

Tavi Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie, an online magazine for teenage girls.

ADRIAN HOLOVATY

Adrian Holovaty is a web developer and musician who co-created the Django web framework, made one of the original Google Maps mashups, and founded EveryBlock.com.

CHRIS KASKIE

Chris Kaskie is the President of Pitchfork, the award-winning online music magazine the New York Times calls “the most prominent brand in online music journalism.”

JOE SWANBERG

Joe Swanberg has directed many acclaimed feature films and shows, including Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas and the popular IFC.com series, Young American Bodies.

ZACH KAPLAN

Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Inventables™, the hardware store for designers which is poised to change the game for makers everywhere.

THE HOOD INTERNET

A creative duo who came to fame thanks to their genre-jumping DJ mixes, the Hood Internet was formed in Chicago by members Aaron Brink (ABX) and Steve Reidell (STV SLV).

STEVE JAMES

Documentary film-maker Steve James produced & directed Hoop Dreams, winner of every major critics prize; The Interrupters; and most recently, Life Itself on the life of critic Roger Ebert.

CHRIS SILVA

Street artist/installation artist/musician who created the look of Chicago Made.

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